U12 Girls take 2nd Place at the Empire Cup

David Nowicki

The U12 Girls Socceroos Team took 2nd place in the 1st Empire Cup Tournament held at the new Afrim's Sports Park.

This was a 2 day tournament with Saturday being an unseasonable warm and sunny day and Sunday being a wet and cold day at the fields

Day 1 featured a win against Galway where the team was dominant from the start on route to a 9-0 victory. The team showed its passing and goal scoring ability while playing a complete team game. The second game on Day 1 was against a Premiere level oppenent in the Guilderland Dutchmen Pride. They played a physical game but were also quite patient and tactical. We wound up dropping this game 3-1.

After a defeat on Day 1 to the eventual winners of the tournament, our team came back with a fluery of goals against SWSC Select. The game featured a ton off offense as we came away with an 8-5 win. The final game of the day wound up being a game to decide the 2nd place finisher against the Guilderland  Dutchmen Breakers. The Socceroos had to win (not tie) to secure a 2nd place finish and they did just that with a solid 4-0 win.

Overall, this was a very nice experience for the girls and they should be proud. 

Additional tidbit - The Socceroos Team did have a chance to redeem themselves a bit against the Guilderland Dutchmen Pride by playing them 2 short weeks later that their home field. The Socceroos played a much better game and wound up capitalizing on a few misplays and penalties called against the Pride. The Socceroos were much more stingy and physical on defense and would up shutting out the Pride by a score of 3-0.

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